Atomic Power at Shippingport (Part I)
Nuclear energy Nuclear power Atomic power Electricity Power generation Pennsylvania
Subject: You OweToo?? (UO2)
I think this film has historical significance. At the time, everyone was a-bomb paranoid as witnessed by the many bomb and fallout titles found on this site. This may have felt like some light at the end of the tunnel for many, despite the prior McCarthy senate hearings and the Cuban Missile Crisis which happened later in 1962.
I don't get much of the technology, but I doubt anyone including the narrator did, either. The units are cool, like "megawatt days per ton" or materials like "Hafnium" - the neutron moderator.
Something to note is that this was mysterious and pioneering science for these researchers. Knowing how corporations are in this country, if it didn't work out, there wouldn't have been a film like this. Westinghouse presents-"Meteor Crater East"!!
As complete as they try to be, they brief over the "fission product poisons"--like WHAT for example?? These are different times.
Subject: Atomic Power at Shippingport (Full Film)
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ***.
Subject: Nuclear Junkies Unite!